A bill that was signed into law last month in Massachusetts would establish career-planning paths for sixth-graders.
Last month, the now former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts (D) signed H.4527 into law, EAGNews reported. The bill creates Student Learning Plans (SLPs) for sixth-graders, tailor-made with curricula for a future career of their choosing over a six year time frame.
SLPs are hardly new — they started in the 1990s. Proponents assert the strategy can be changed on a regular basis. But Jane Robbins, a senior fellow with the American Principles Project, told EAGNews sixth-grade is too early to choose a career.
To me, this is one more indication that we have lost our collective minds. When you think that a sixth-grader…How old are you in sixth grade, 11?… that a sixth grader would have any idea of what he wants to do [you’re mistaken]. Occasionally you’ll find one who does, but not generally.
“And when we are putting kids on a path at the age of 11,” Robbins added, “That means that our workforce obsession has really taken over our common sense.”
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Even though this is a state-based solution and not coming from the federal government, Robbins sees the danger in “education fads.”
The problem is the U.S. Department of Education encourages all of this kind of stuff and the people who are running public education in the various states all believe in this because that’s what they were taught when they were in school. And they realize that federal money can be connected to whatever the federal government wants. So I don’t know that saying this is a state decision makes it that much better.
Robbins told EAGNews the U.S. needs to go back to a more “classical” method of teaching students.
I would recommend that we start going back to what worked in the past. How did we educate people for over 200 years, until the last 50? We used more of a classical education model and students were given true academic content. They studied literature… rhetoric… history… and the sciences. They didn’t do workforce training when they were in school.
h/t: The Daily Caller
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